15 Jul '11, 2am

Chinese national initially sentenced to 4 weeks jail for using forged diploma to apply for work pass fined $15k instead

A 25-YEAR-OLD Chinese national will not have to go to jail after all. Initially sentenced to four weeks' jail for providing false information about her educational qualifications while applying for a work pass, Pan Hongling was on Thursday handed the maximum $15,000 fine instead. In allowing her appeal against the jail term handed down by a district judge in May, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong noted that since she never started work here, nobody had been deceived except the system. In December 2008, Pan paid 1,500 yuan (S$280) to an employment agent for a forged certificate from Dalian University, which stated that she graduated with a degree in accountancy. Through the agent, an online application was submitted to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to obtain an S Pass for her to work as an assistant accountant in a carbon fibre company. Pan later signed a form declaring that th...

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